Farmer calls on govt. to reduce the cost of living

People of Samoa will continue to struggle if the government doesn’t do anything to address the expensive cost of living.

This is the belief of Ioane Lelevaga, 62, from the Village of Vaitele-Uta. 

Mr. Lelevaga is a father of five who believes the government is not considering the struggle the Samoan people are experiencing every day.

Mr. Lelevaga was on his way back to his plantation in Tanugamalala when the Village Voice team met him yesterday. 

He said his family depended on their plantation in Tanugamalala.

“My family depends on our plantation. We get some money from it and it is also our source of food,” he said.

“I am heading there now to do some work and my kids will be there after school and then we can come home together.”

Mr. Lelevaga said the cost of transportation was also expensive.

“This is ridiculous because everything is going up and it includes the cost of transportation with buses and taxis.

“If you are planning to go anywhere, you have to make sure that your money will be enough because I am telling you it is hard to survive now because of the expensive cost of living.”

He also mentioned the expensive cost of food in our local shops and supermarkets.

“If we take a really good look at it, back then the bread was just $1 but now it is $2 and even the fish cans are getting expensive than the chicken.

“Lucky now we have Chinese businesses that are making things affordable for us but the reality is that is it very expensive.”

Mr. Lelevaga added the government should address the expensive cost of living because it  is a cause of struggle in many homes nowadays. 

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